Prisca Benita-Using Gospel Music to Spread the Teachings of God

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Gospel music has been around for a long time and has developed significantly over the past two centuries. In popular culture, it is confined to church halls, but in reality, it is much more widespread and diverse. Although gospel music mainly expresses the emotion of joy and optimism, if we listen to it closely, this genre of music has an even deeper and more significant meaning.

The origins of gospel music, as we know it, can be traced back to the 1930s, but many researchers are of the view that it existed even before that.  During the late nineteenth century, people gathered in their holy places such as churches to praise God by singing spiritual hymns and songs. Through foot-stomping and hand-clapping, churches in the past would convey the impact of God’s message as well as maintain the tempo of the music.

Previously, these spiritual hymns were considered an essential component of slave culture. While working on plantations, members of the slave community would sing in chorus religiously oriented songs. For some, this was merely a means of connecting with God during difficult times and struggles, while others believed that the collective songs and harmonies would strengthen the bond among individuals.

There was a paradigm shift from traditional gospel music to contemporary style with the introduction of the guitar, which added a more contemporary sound to the music. This development of gospel music had a positive impact on the music industry and society on the whole. Mainstream success was imminent due to the genre’s expansion and artists’ enhanced creativity through which singers and composers would spread their message to a wider audience. This is still evident in recent times where songwriters incorporate Christian messages into contemporary music. In the twentieth century, the power of gospel music spread widely, influencing urban acts as well as mainstream singers, and at the same time conserving a strong association with the church.

The gospel genre has witnessed massive growth in the 21st century and its influence has now transcended nationality, race, and culture. Artists from all around the globe are influenced by the genre of gospel music in some way and a lot of big names in the music industry owe their music and its success to gospel music. One such gospel musician, composer, and singer is Prisca Benita, better known by her stage name, Prisca Benita Sonwa Bemmowho who was born in Yaoundé but later moved to Douala where she spent most of her childhood. As she was raised in a household where Christian music was given great importance, she developed a passion for gospel music and singing and decided to pursue a career in the field of music.

Following her dreams, Benita stepped into the music industry through her association with the band Alleluia International Music and soon got the opportunity to be a member of the praise team at the Réhobot Center in Bamako after taking part in a number of music festivals, including the Massao.

She made it to the top in a short period after launching her most memorable collection entitled Ngonfo, which was followed by her second album, Rebirth, launched in October 2012. While exploring the field of gospel music, Benita gave her life to the Lord Jesus in Cameroon in 1992, in the midst of an evangelist campaign by Pastor Reinhard Bonnke. She became an overnight success after her song “Cette Montagne Se Déplacera,” which has received more than one million views on YouTube.

She is now widely known around the world for her compositions that are based on her life experiences, particularly the tough and challenging times. Benita has been featured in Cameroon Tribune and Amina Journal and is regarded as an ambassador for God and His good news in the Ministry of Praise and Worship in today’s time because of her various contributions.

Over the course of Benita’s successful career, she has performed in numerous cities and countries, including Spain, Cameroon, Mali, the United States, Portugal, and Canada at various concerts such as Chapelle De La Resurrection – Rccggatineau, Parcours Vita of DOUALA/ CAMEROON, and À COTONOU by Gospel Afrique francophone, among many others. Apart from releasing albums like Saint-Esprit, Rebirth and Ngonf’o, Benita has also launched various single tracks such as “Ma force c’est toi,” “Je te donne la gloire,” “Ce monde va passer,” “Au nom de Jesus,” “Cette montagne se deplacera,” and “Pere envoie ton Esprit.”

Through her gift of musical talent, biblical knowledge and faith, and love for the church and God, Benita has made numerous contributions to the genre of gospel music. Benita has not only cemented her place as a successful gospel musician through her work but has also led to the growth of the music industry on the whole.

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